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known as doma, first passed by congress and signed by president clinton in 1996 is being challenged at the supreme court. >> it's being asked to decide there whether or not congress can pass a law that treats same-sex couples who are already married under the laws of their state different from opposite section sex couples. >> reporter: defenders of the law say congress has as much right as the states to make its own definition of marriage. >> doma is important because congress said it was important. i mean we sent our elected representatives to washington, d.c. and they chose to say that marriage is one man and one woman for purposes of federal law. >> reporter: conservatives say the founding fathers never contemplated gay marriage. >> because it's clearly not what anyone understood as marriage at the time of the framing of the constitution. >> reporter: still, same-sex families pay taxes and don't get the same benefits and the issue with doma really gets complicated if they have children who are also excluded from benefits. >> when we have kids i would like them to be born in a pos
benefits as couples. in fact, bill clinton who signed doma into law when he was president, is now asking the u.s. supreme court to overturn it. let's bring in cnn legal contributor powell cowen. how much will the reversal potentially make? >> supreme court justices would tell you they're immune from politicians lobbying them. they're appointed for life by the president, and the founding fathers frankly set up the system so you would have sort of an independent judiciary. i don't think bill clinton's position will have a major impact on the court. >> so what the constitutional argument that will be made to keep doma in place? >> well, there are two cases before the court this week. one on tuesday and one on wednesday. the first on tuesday is called the prop 8 case. california case, and it's very interesting because the california supreme court said gay marriage is legal. they said it's against the california constitution to ban it. and then lawyers came in and voters went out and they adopted prop 8, which amended the california constitution to make it illegal. so they stuck it to the jud
of citizenship. that includes marriage. >> hillary clinton today endorsing gay marriage. the former secretary of state appearing in this video by the human rights campaign just weeks after leaving the administration. clinton says she wishes every parent the joy of watching their kids get married. >>> the nom nominee for the labor department once worked as a garbage collector. he paid his way through college by working odd jobs including sanitation. today he thanked the president in english and spanish. he will replace hilda solis. >>> it is official, tiger woods and lindsey vonn love birds. the golfer confirming the two are an item. she mentioned it on per twitter account, as well. here are a couple pics of the happy couple. he of course asking for privacy. vonn recovering from a recent skiing accident. >>> the new york police department accused of stopping and frisking thousands of people purely based upon race, one lawyer calling this the trial of the century. we're on this next. e on, nowadae go by themselves. no they don't. hey son. have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ back against the wall ♪ ain'
the incident. i myself was involved in that. secretary of state hillary clinton was heavily involved in it. secretary of state kerry has been involved. the fact is, of course, that the difference between israel and turkey benefitted neither country. and it was -- to some extent, it should have been resolved earlier, but the fact is it's done now and hopefully they will rebuild the good relationship that they had, which will be beneficial to both and to us in the region. >> you mentioned iran being a top of conversation, but at almost every stop, every discussion with a leader, the the president was riddled with questions about syria. syria kept coming up. the president made it clear the u.s. has provided a lot of humanitarian aid and will continue to do so, but also said, and i'm quoting loosely, assad will go. it's not an issue of if but when. how important is it for the president to sound so certain on that, especially while in the region? >> well, of course, as you know, there's turbulence throughout the region arising out of the situation in syria. just today the press reports that the
president bill clinton, as the president who signed the act into law, i have come to believe that doma is not accurate. i have asked jeffrey toobin to explain this. >> all we can say is that president clinton believes it was a mistake and whatever justification he had in 1996 was not good enough, and he, like virtually the entire democratic party now, repudiates it and they want to see it overturned. >> this is not a thumb's up or thumb's down decision, right? this is the supreme court, and so what are we looking at here? >> well, this is a bit of a rubik's cube, and both the defense of marriage act case and the challenge to proposition 8, the case that the law that bans same-sex marriage in california. the defense of marriage act case refers to the federal law that says that the federal government will not recognize same-sex marriages even in states where it is legal. so people, and gay people who are married in new york and new england and all of the states where it is legal, they cannot file joint tax return, and they can't get social security survivor's benefits and if the court up
of marriage act 17 years ago had a change of heart in a "washington post" op ed. former president bill clinton wrote, as the president who signed the act into law, i have come to believe that doma is in fact imcompatible with our constitution. he said, back then it was less of a condemnation of legal marriage and a bit of legal maneuveri maneuvering. i asked jeffrey toobin to explain that. >> all we can say for sure is bill clinton thinks it was a mistake to sign doma. he wrote an op ed a couple of weeks ago saying whatever justification he may have had in 1996 wuntd good enough. and he, like virtually the entire democratic party, repudiates it and wants to see it overturned. >> this isn't a thumbs-up or thumbs-down decision. this is the supreme court. what are we looking at here? >> this is a bit of a rubik's coupe, the defense of marriage act and the case of proposition 8, the ban that prohibits same-sex marriage in california. the federal law says the federal government will not recognize same-sex marriages even in states where it's legal. so people -- gay people who are married in new york
. on to question number two. hillary clinton taking a stand for same-sex marriage. >> lgbt americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. that includes meaning. >> this a few weeks after her husband said that the supreme court should over turn defense of marriage act. rob portman and other republicans expressing their support for same-sex marriage publicly. same-sex marriage has suddenly become a hot topic in a good way. why not? a new "washington post" poll show 58% now back same-sex marriage. just three years ago, opponents of the issue outnumbered supporters. our question, is it now politically safe to support same-sex marriage. maria? >> i think it depends on what party are you and what state are you from. clearly we've seen many republicans do not support same-sex marriage. the american people are leading politicians, including some democra democrats. it is safer, but it doesn't mean every single leader will come out in support of same-sex marriage. >> amy. >> we are seeing
. martin indek is joining us now. he serveds the ambassador to israel during the clinton administration back in the '90s. he's now the vice president director of the foreign policy program at the brookings institution here in washington. he's joining us from new york. martin, i thought this was one of the most important speeches that an american president has ever delivered about the situation between the israelis and the palestinians. but give me your thoughts. >> i agree, wolf. you said it was bold. i would say it was courageous. not just in terms of making the case to the israeli public, that they do have a partner, that peace is possible, but actually urging them to pressure their leaders to move forward. he is famously being quoted before our elections as saying that he considered the leadership in israel as political cowards. he seems to be going over their heads to the israeli young people, trying to give them hope and trying to encourage them to press their leaders to make peace. and that is, i think, a very bold and courageous thing. but i would say one other thing. he, having
secretary hillary clinton helped to spearhead the efforts that formed a coherent syrian opposition council. now you've got secretary kerry who's deeply involved in that effort as well. and we are providing not just words but resources, training, capacity in order for that political opposition to maintain links within syria and to be able to provide direct services to people inside of syria including the kinds of relief efforts that obviously we're seeing here in jordan, but there are a whole bunch of people who are internally displaced inside of syria who need help. i think what your question may be suggesting is why haven't we simply gone in militarily. and i think it's fair to say that the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in militarily, then it's criticized for going in militarily. and if it doesn't go in militarily, then people say why aren't you doing something militarily. and, you know, my response at this stage is to make sure that what we do contributes to bringing an end to the bloodshed as quickly as possible. and working in a multilateral context a
, the same month the of the egypt israel peace treaty. in clinton's term, there were four visits. in 1994, a peace treaty signed between israel and jordan while he was here. there were two things during that time, a crucial moment for the u.s. to show its friendship and again, during a peace accord. and then george w. bush waited until the very end of his term until he was about to leave office, but that's when his administration was doing finally at a point in the peace discussions where a pld shal visit could add know men actual. and so that timing people here say made sense. this time, there is no similar momentum the president's visit could lend to any peace deal, to any discussion regarding iran and no deliverable regarding syria, so many people just don't understand why now. >> so you bring up iran. let me ask about iran. do we have any idea what president obama may be saying about iran, what is it that prime minister netanyahu would like to hear? >> quite simply he's expected to repeat what we heard before, that he will say iran simply cannot be allowed to get a nuclear capability.
on record now before these arguments, where they stand. hillary clinton this week, rob partman last week, a real moment. >> a historical, seminole moment where people feel the need to get on the record now. if you make a statement after next week, is that too late? >> i don't think so. if the catholic church is going to show movement, now would be the time. i think it's probably unlikely and certainly the majority of republicans in elected, political office are not yet supportive. but there is definitely much less polarization around this. >> and also a seminnother impor moment. john berman turned another year older. zoraida has the cakes. >> i took my mike off and i need to use yours. let me tell you, we got you this cake and i went to the back and had you two additional cakes. you are a very popular man. happy birthday. no candles. but you can pretend and make a wish. >> the different cakes, because the staff can't agree on what they like. >> velvet, oreo, and chocolate fudge. >> we have to pause so i can eat this. now to newsroom with carol cosstello, pretty please. >> happy birthday!
, it is fascinating. i've been here in the past with president clinton, with president george w. bush, now president obama. in the past the israeli-palestinian conflict is always at the top of the agenda but given the event in this complicated neighborhood that is now more complicated and confused than ever, the israeli-palestinian conflict is down on the list. the president wants to share information and get information from his israeli counterparts about what's going on in syria. did the government in syria use chemical weapons against its own people. that's a big question. obviously the nuclear showdown with iran. the presidentister wants assurance if that diplomacy doesn't bear fruit that the president of the united states is prepared to put the military option on the table. and, yes, the president did say he wants to have peace in the holy land and he will make that a priority. no accident the president says that this is the first international trip of his second term. >> this is no accident. across this region, the winds of change bring both promise and peril. so i see this visit as an opportu
clinton? he came here four times as president. he was so deeply involved, we were both covering the white house in those days, in the camp david process and others, the israelis miss that, a guy who can draw the maps, president bush didn't get that involved. president obama hasn't gotten that involved. they're different people, personally and how they carry themselves politically and in their philosophies. the prime minister in cracking jokes when the president has landed is trying to say, i'm trying and now we'll see if the president is trying. >> we'll get back to jessica in a moment. tom foreman, this trip comes at a time when so many israelis feel increasingly vulnerable due in large part to the major political changes occurring in the region and their neighborhood. tom is taking a closer look at that region. what are you seeing, tom? >> john made references of being able to draw the map there. it is important to bear in mind the map here. look at where the president is visiting here, he's going to really a small part of a small area, but a very important part as you know, with stops
on my list. on new york's lower east side, the clinton's baking company delivers exactly what i want for breakfast, but i can get them anytime of day. they have these incredible pancakes with blueberries. the pancakes are so fluffy. and i can get them for breakfast, which is great, but there are lots of crowds, or i can get them for dessert. not bad. >>> it's the role that put harrison ford on the map. >> laugh it up, fuzzball. >> laugh it up, fuzzball. that's one of the great lines from the "star wars" series and harrison ford could be back as hans solo. listen to what he told cnn affiliate, wgn. >> i think it's almost true. i think, you know, i'm looking forward to it. i'm -- not in the bag yet, but i think it's happening. >> ford turns 70 years old next year. "star wars" episode 7 is still in the early development process. we'll keep you posted. >>> the cast of "the mary tyler moore show" will reunite on the tv show "hot in cleveland" and be prepared for witty comments like this one. >> there's my sweater! i knew it left it somewhere. hi. >> hi. >> mary? >> yes, sir. >> where have
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